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2020 Formal Dress - 4 Trends to Make You Shine!

Getting dressed to the nines is one of the best parts of a formal - so what type of formal dress do you look for? Does the fabric matter? What Silhouette? Whether you have a formal theme this year or are drawn to a certain look, check out these trends to get ahead of the style game and find a dress that is perfect for you! It’s never too early to start looking for your formal dress!

Forever Bridal & Formal, Stafford, north side of Brisbane, offers a super diverse range of formal dress styles to best flatter you including these fashion trends for 2020. Feminine, girly and still also timeless, we have styles that will make an impact and turn heads. Pop on bold red lip and sparkling accessories to add the perfect finishing touches.

Fitted Red Carpet Dress: Take your inspiration from the big red carpet events and awards shows. This red carpet look is all about being bold and showing off your figure. The silhouette in question is always figure-hugging and quite bodycon, often seen with a thigh-high slit, spaghetti straps, and a plunging neckline. Details should be opulent and glamorous – think sparkling sequins and dazzling bead-work to catch the light. Sheer skirts or panels also add to the intrigue and can look so pretty. This stunning design is all about showing off your figure (without being too revealing!). To steal this style for your formal night, look for streamline silhouettes that are glamorous and have unique elements. Add accessories and makeup inspired by your favourite star to style it perfectly.

Classic Ballgown: If wearing a very fitted dress just isn’t your vibe, there’s a trend to suit you too – the ballgown. This classic A-line silhouette is back in fashion for formals. Much like a princess-style shape, this gorgeous style will make you feel very formal and dressed-up. For 2020, the ballgown has been given a modern makeover and includes many stylish design features such as floral applique, sheer bodices, lace-up backs and more. No longer is the ballgown a dated or boring option – it can actually be just as stunning and unique. A muted nude shade instantly makes this design look really fresh and attention-grabbing. The v-shaped bodice includes thin spaghetti straps and sheer privacy panel. Team this style up with loose hair, a statement pair of earrings or a choker necklace, and heels. Add glowy makeup with a strong highlight that brings out your natural features.

Metallic Formal Dress: Metallic formal dresses are a hit now and aren’t going away in the future. This ultra-modern and highly glamorous look is all about sparkling bright and standing out from the crowd. The most popular colour tones are gold, silver, gunmetal and rose gold. However, for the new season, you’ll find almost every colour of the rainbow available in some kind of metallic fabric or embellishment such as royal blue and ruby red options. This dazzling embellished gold formal dress has a beautiful figure-hugging shape with a strapless bodice and straight neckline. The fitted silhouette and simple design elements allow the metallic tone to be the biggest feature. Wear your chosen metallic formal dress with simple accessories in black, white or nude. Keep makeup toned down, although a bold red or pink lipstick can add a gorgeous pop of colour if desired. A metallic dress will shine through day and glimmer during the evening, making it a perfect option for your formal.

Sequin Formal Dress: Going perfectly hand-in-hand with the metallic trend, sequin formal dresses are a hot favourite for the 2020 season. So glitzy and maximalist, this option allows you to feel like a pure diva as you strike a pose on formal night. Sequins also have many different ways they can add a unique twist to any silhouette. They can include a pattern or gradient look, be reversible or iridescent. The options are limitless! Unlike a plain block colour dress, a fully embellished design looks more opulent, luxurious and trendy. These dresses are great examples of how modern and stylish sequin gowns can look. To wear a sequin dress to your formal night, opt to amplify the glam even further with metallic accessories and matching jewels. A chignon bun or loose wavy hairstyle is the perfect unfussy hairdo to complete your outfit.

Ready to Shop?

When you want help to choose an ever-chic comfortable dress that will have you dance-floor ready, Forever Bridal & Formal is a locally owned boutique-style store in Stafford, on Brisbane’s north-side, offering an unbeatable selection of formal dresses. With designs to suit every silhouette and dress-code, we have these classic styles in our new collection – they’re fashion-forward now but will continue to look stylish for many years to come.

Shop early so you have enough time to make your dress decision, accessories and get the necessary alterations done. Our professional seamstress can make sure it fits perfectly, add straps to a strapless dress stitch in cups for support, raise or lower the hemline if required.

We’ve got you covered - Forever Bridal & Formal in Stafford, Brisbane. Call us today - Tel: 3175 4525 or email


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